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Welcome to the JASC Team!

Please stop by sometime and say ‘hello’ to Jennifer Trautvetter, our new Program & Special Events Manager. Jennifer brings a wealth of experience and success in many different areas important to our community including programming, language education, community service, fundraising, & nonprofit management. Jennifer is very excited to help continue and build upon the quality programs and services people have come to rely on from JASC. She would love to hear from you and can be reached at jtrautvetter@jasc-chicago.org or 773-275-0097, x228.

Japanese Conversation Table - Thursday, December 9, 2021

JASC 日本語でお話会





コロナ・パンデミックで過去1年以上ズームで続けてきた日本語のお話会ですが、州や市の拘束解除に伴って、今までどおりJASCで 開催できることになりました。


このプログラムに興味のある方、参加したいと思われる方は、Eメールで川口ケイclasses@jasc-chicago.org電話:773-275-0097内線226, までご連絡ください。

Date: Monthly, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Cost: $5 per person, per session

For native-level Japanese speakers to connect and socialize with others. Please note that this is not a Japanese language class.

Following the Covid-19 guidelines for the city and state, we are now resuming in-person gatherings at JASC for our Conversation Table.

JASC's Conversation Table welcomes everyone to share their experiences, ideas, and stories through social interaction, and also an opportunity to expand their social networks with others in the local community.

If you would like to participate, please contact Kay Kawaguchi at classes@jasc-chicago.org or please call and leave a message to Kay Kawaguchi to RSVP 773-275-0097 x 226.

JASC is located at 4427 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL


The winter registration is now open.

The 2022 Winter registration will open December 1.

The Donguri’s small size class creates an interactive learning environment for every student. Teachers closely work with students to fortify reading, pronunciation, conversation, and communication skills. If you are interested in our Donguri program, please check the JASC Donguri Kai page for more information.

2022 Session Schedule:

Registration open: December 1, 2021

Registration close: January 17, 2022

Winter (10wks): January 17, 2022 – March 28, 2022 

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For more information, please visit our website:


See what happens behind the scenes in planning a fun Tampopo class:


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Chicago Northside Origami Group

There is a $5 fee per folder to be paid each time, and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult (no charge for non-folding adults). Please bring paper for folding, and any models or books you would like to share.

All skill levels welcome!

For more information, please contact:

June Yamasaki, june.yamasaki@gmail.com

Our meeting dates for 2021 are as follows:

December 18

Please note, masks are required in all public areas of JASC.

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Exhibition Dates: November 1, 2021 - January 28, 2022

Location: The University of Chicago Library, 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637

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Chicago’s South Side has long-standing but little-known relationships with Japan. In 1893 the Japanese Garden in Jackson Park was established for the World’s Columbian Exposition. In the same year the University of Chicago conferred its first-ever doctoral degree—upon a Japanese Divinity School student named Eiji Asada. Taking this momentous year as a point of departure, a special exhibit will be open at the Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center from November 1, 2021 to January 28, 2022.  This exhibit highlights more than a century of connections between Japanese and Japanese Americans and the University and Hyde Park area.


During Japan’s Meiji and Taisho periods (1868–1925) the University of Chicago was a frequent destination for so-called “government students” from Japan. These elite scholars were sent by the Japanese government to acquire advanced knowledge in various fields, then to bring their expertise back home. Showcased in the exhibit, are the campus activities of these scholars including self-run periodicals and participation in cultural events.  Also recognized are several notable Japanese and Japanese American educators. Toyokichi Iyenaga (Far Eastern studies) was a popular lecturer in the University Extension, whose teaching received press coverage on multiple occasions. From the University Archives come letters by Professors Joseph Kitagawa (Divinity School), Akira Irye (history), and Tetsuo Najita (history)—all eminent scholars in religious and intellectual history—that evidence their work in lobbying for visits by members of Japan’s imperial family, and in procuring from the Japanese government financial support for Japanese studies at the University. 


Gallery Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Wednesdays: 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Closed: November 25-26, 2021; December 24, 2021-January 2, 2022; and January 17, 2022


This exhibit was curated by Ayako Yoshimura, Japanese Studies Librarian at the University of Chicago Library, with contributions by Eric Langowski MS '20, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

Read the FULL news article on the University of Chicago Library website.

Visit the associated web exhibit


Visiting the Exhibition Gallery:  In order to provide broad and safe access to the Library, including the Exhibition Gallery, all visitors will be asked to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a recent COVID-19 test, consistent with University policies and protocols. for more information, please visit this Access page.

From by the University of Chicago Library. Photo of children in front of the Ellis Community Center courtesy of Julie Azuma.

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Chicago Japanese American Council (CJAC) Events Calendar

Stay up to date on Chicago Japanese and Japanese American community events! This calendar will be a central place where people can see events by CJAC member organizations, and other Japanese and Japanese American community and cultural events. Visit the calendar at bit.ly/ChicagoJJACalendar

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Sunday, December 19, 2021 | 2:00 PM

In-person concert returning to the

Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611


Tsukasa Taiko celebrates the 18th anniversary of Taiko Legacy concert from the Edlis Neeson Theater at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Return to an in-person program, this year's presentation features the youth and adult community members alongside National Gintenkai Project performers and Chicago creative musicians.

Taiko Legacy and Reduction are programs of and is supported in part by The Illinois Arts Council Agency, The MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, JCCC Foundation, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), The Joyce Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts.

*Per Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago safety protocols, all guests attending Edlis Neeson Theater must be masked when indoors.

All attendees age 12 and older are required to show proof of full vaccination and ID prior to attending a performance and/or event in the MCA’s Edlis Neeson Theater. Unvaccinated children under 12 must be accompanied by a vaccinated adult. Masks are required for all visitors and staff. Performances and events will be made available virtually for those who cannot display proof of vaccination. For more information, please visit MCA safety page.

Follow us on Instagram @AIRMW for all the latest news about Tsukasa Taiko!

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For any inquiries, contact us at tsukasataiko@gmail.com

Tsukasa Taiko and Shubukai are programs of Asian Improv aRts Midwest and is supported in part by The Illinois Arts Council Agency, The MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, JCCC Foundation, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and The Joyce Foundation.

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